Elon Musk is the CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and the CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). He was born in Pretoria, South Africa, went to school right here close to the Design Institute at Pretoria Boys High before emigrating to Canada and then the US. As a young boy Musk taught himself computer programming and at age 12 sold the computer code for a video game called Blastar for $500, displaying, at this early age, his aptitude for being an entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He became the founder of PayPal, the first serious online bank and went on and established a car company as well as a space company.
Very recently Musk unveiled the newest addition to his impressive body of work, the Tesla battery, called the Powerwall. Since we are in the midst of an energy this breakthrough in home battery tech could not have come at a better time.
Powerwall is a rechargeable home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, and stores electricity for domestic consumption and back-up power, fortifying your home against power outages. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup. It automatically switches to battery power in the event of an electric outage, bringing peace of mind to those who live in areas prone to storms or unreliable utility grids
Plus, it is an (almost) all in one unit and looks terribly good on your wall. Current generation home batteries are bulky, expensive to install and expensive to maintain. In contrast, Powerwall’s lithium ion battery inherits Tesla’s proven automotive battery technology to power your home safely and economically. Completely automated, it installs easily and requires no maintenance.
Why is this important? Well, simply this tech at this price could possibly power the entire planet, with little or no need of massive grids to maintain, polluting or dangerous power stations and massive support and infrastructure. It could all be very possible that the boy from Pretoria has just broken through the proverbial wall to the future.
Two interesting facts about Musk that you might not be aware of:
He owns the Lotus Esprit (called Wet Nellie) from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me which he is planning to convert into the functional car-submarine from the film; and
His annual salary at Tesla is one dollar - the remainder of his compensation coming in the form of stock and performance-based bonuses.